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Ignite Series Structure & Rules

IGNITE SERIES CLASS REGULATIONS

The Ignite program offers affordable entry into karting in an environment with a level playing field for all. Maximize track time and minimize maintenance and costs as you constantly improve your racing skills in an ultra-competitive environment. Factory sealed engines from Briggs Racing and a chassis developed by industry leader Margay Racing combine to provide a platform where the emphasis is solidly on driver development.

CLASS STRUCTURE

KID KART

Age: 5-8 years old
Chassis: Open
Engine: Honda GXH50 (Engine Rules)

Clutch: HPD supplied. Early clutch is black HPD supplied with either white or blue springs (no mixing of colors allowed). Current clutch is gold Noram supplied with light (.070-.075 wire diameter) red springs only. Both early and current clutch are legal but must run with specified springs. No modifications or oiling allowed.

Spec Gearing: 219 chain, 15 tooth driver, 89 tooth rear sprocket
Supplemental: WKA Rules
Fuel: 91 octane purchased at track, no alcohol added ($5/gallon)
Exhaust: Stock
Tire: Hoosier 4.5/4.5 R60B
Bodywork: CIK plastics
Weight: 150 lbs

Gateway Kartplex rules could supersede Honda Engine Rules 

IGNITE JUNIOR

Age: 12-15 years old
Chassis: Ignite K3
Engine: Briggs LO206 Adult  (Engine Rules)

Fuel: 91 octane purchased at track, no alcohol added ($5/gallon)
Slide: Yellow, Briggs carb locking clamp must be in place with cap fully tightened at all times. This is a tech item.
Tire: Hoosier 4.5/6.0 R80
Bodywork: CIK plastics
Weight: 320 lbs

IGNITE MASTER

Age: 35+ years old
Chassis: Ignite K3
Engine: Briggs LO206 Adult (Engine Rules)

Fuel: 91 octane purchased at track, no alcohol added ($5/gallon)
Slide: Black
Tire: Hoosier 4.5/7.1 R80
Bodywork: CIK plastics
Weight: 370 lbs 

Ignite Master (35+) drivers are also eligible to compete in the Ignite Senior (15+) class. A driver 35 years or older may compete in both Senior and Master. [updated 04/27/15]

IGNITE ROOKIE

Age: 8-12 years old
Chassis: Ignite K2
Engine: Briggs LO206 Adult  (Engine Rules)

Fuel: 91 octane purchased at track, no alcohol added ($5/gallon)
Slide: Red, Briggs carb locking clamp must be in place with cap fully tightened at all times. This is a tech item.
Tire: Hoosier 4.5/4.5 R80
Bodywork: CIK plastics
Weight: 250 lbs

IGNITE SENIOR

Age: 15+ years old
Chassis: Ignite K3
Engine: Briggs LO206 Adult (Engine Rules)

Fuel: 91 octane purchased at track, no alcohol added ($5/gallon)
Slide: Black
Tire: Hoosier 4.5/7.1 R80
Bodywork: CIK plastics
Weight: 360 lbs 

IGNITE LEGEND

Age: 50+ years old
Chassis: Ignite K3
Engine: Briggs LO206 Adult (Engine Rules)

Fuel: 91 octane purchased at track, no alcohol added ($5/gallon)
Slide: Black
Tire: Hoosier 4.5/7.1 R80
Bodywork: CIK plastics
Weight: 380 lbs 

Ignite Legend (50+) drivers are also eligible to compete in the Ignite Senior (15+) or Ignite Master (35+) classes. A driver 50 years or older may compete in Senior and either Master or Legend on the same day. They MAY NOT compete in Master and Legend on the same day.[updated 03/24/21]

IGNITE HEAVY

Age: 15+ years old
Chassis: Ignite K3
Engine: Briggs LO206 Adult (Engine Rules)

Fuel: 91 octane purchased at track, no alcohol added ($5/gallon)
Slide: Black
Tire: Hoosier 4.5/7.1 R80
Bodywork: CIK plastics
Kart Weight: 400 lbs

Driver Weight: Min. 200 lbs with safety gear

Ignite Heavy class will run with Ignite Master class on track and will be scored separately. [updated 03/26/17]

IGNITE RULES

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS REQUIREMENTS

  • Racers must start a minimum of 6 races to qualify for the year-end championship
  • A racer’s best 8 finishes (of 11 races) will count towards their championship points total (in the event the season is shorter than 11 races, drivers will count approximately 70% of the total number of races, rounded to the nearest full race)
  • Racers must be present at the awards banquet to receive year-end awards

PAST CHAMPION RULE

The reigning champion in Ignite Senior may only compete in a maximum of 5 Ignite Senior races throughout the season following their championship year. Beginning in 2020, this rule will also apply to the Ignite Master class. After this 1-season restricted schedule, past Ignite Senior and Ignite Master champions may return to racing a full season in that class. We highly encourage Ignite champions, especially from the Ignite Senior and Ignite Master classes, to consider participating in our SuperComp series.

AGE

A racer’s competition age is determined by the age of the driver on the first scheduled Kartplex race day of the season. If a driver ages out of a class before the first scheduled Kartplex race day of the season, they are required to move up to the older class. If a driver will attain an age into an older class during the course of the Kartplex race season, they may choose to stay in their current class, or move up to the older class (at any time, including the start of the season). Once a driver has raced in a class, they may not move back to a younger class. Upon request, the Race Director may choose to issue an age exception for a driver whose birthday falls after the completion of the Kartplex race season but within the 2021 calendar year.

 

Per 2021 updates to Ignite Karting rules, if a driver moves to an older class (specifically from Kid Kart to Rookie, Rookie to Junior, or Junior to Senior) at any level of Ignite competition, it will affect their eligibility in all other levels of Ignite competition – once you move up, you cannot move back. This covers club races such as the Kartplex’s Ignite Series, all Ignite Challenge events and all Major races.

 

Note: Your “competition age” is relative to the individual racing series. It is legal to be different from Ignite and SuperComp.

NOVICE DRIVERS

A novice driver is defined as having no experience at the Kartplex and/or limited karting experience elsewhere. For at least the first 3 events a novice driver competes in at the Kartplex, they must start at the back of the field for each practice, qualifying and race session. Such drivers must also display a clear and visible “X” on the back of their helmet as well as on their rear bumper. Painter’s tape will be available at tech or inside the SpeedCenter for any drivers who need an “X.” The completion of 3 races does not guarantee the removal of a driver’s “X.” The Race Director and Kartplex Management have final discretion to determine when an “X” may be removed, as well as any waivers of novice driver restrictions based on performance or previous experience.

RESTARTING ENGINES WHILE ON TRACK

Competitors are not to exit their karts while on track unless directed to by a corner worker or race official. If a competitor can safely restart their kart without getting out of their seat, they may do so. Corner workers and race officials are also permitted to restart motors. Any competitor who has restarted their motor must ensure they rejoin the race traffic in a safe manner.

ENGINE CLAIMING

At the Race Director’s discretion, the Kartplex may “claim” a competitor’s engine at any time. The track will supply the competitor with a new, factory-sealed engine in direct exchange for the competitor’s “as raced” engine. If the competitor fails to comply with the claim request, the competitor will be excluded from participating in Kartplex races for one calendar year and will forfeit all points acquired to date.

TECH BUILDING

The only personnel allowed in the tech building are drivers and Gateway Kartplex officials. Crew members are prohibited to enter the tech building at any time without permission from Gateway Kartplex officials. All karts need to be shut off before entering the tech building. ABSOLUTELY NO DRIVING ONTO THE SCALES! A Kartplex official will be available to assist drivers as needed.

WEIGHT BALLAST

Non-structural weights added to meet minimum kart/driver weight requirements must be bolted securely to the kart using bolts at least 5/16″ in diameter. Weights in excess of 7 lbs. must use two or more 5/16″ bolts. All bolts must be cotter-keyed, safety wired or double nutted. All bolt-on weights must be white in color for visibility.

WHEELS

Ignite K2 and K3 karts come factory equipped with TruSpeed wheels. Wheels must remain as provided by the factory. Ceramic bearings are not allowed. Previous DWT AlumiLite wheels are allowed for 2021.

BODYWORK

Bodywork that comes apart from its original mounting location during the course of any on-track session is subject to penalty or disqualification at the discretion of the race director.

HELMETS AND HELMET-MOUNTED CAMERAS

Helmets must meet one of the following ratings: Snell M 2010, SA 2010, CMR 2016, CMS 2016, M 2015, SA 2015, SA 2020; SFI Youth 24.1 2010, 2015 or 2020; SFI 31.1 2010, 2015 or 2020; SFI 41.1 2010, 2015 or 2020.

 

The use of helmet-mounted cameras is prohibited.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Gateway Kartplex requires all competitors, crew and race attendees abide by a reasonable code of conduct. While we appreciate the passion karting competitors, crews and fans have for this sport, certain actions are not considered appropriate. Penalties may be assessed for inappropriate actions on or off the track and can be incurred by drivers, crew or race attendees.

 

During a race program there are procedures in place that keep race officials in contact – the Race Director, corner workers, Main Flagstand, Tech, Timing and Scoring, Grid and Kartplex Management are in constant communication. If there is an incident on or off the track, it is up to the Race Director and/or Kartplex Management to determine if there will be any penalties, and if so, what those penalties will be. Such decisions are not taken lightly and are discussed prior to being levied. Competitor submitted video and photographs will not be considered as evidence in on- or off-track calls, penalties and protests. The Race Director/Kartplex Management may assess penalties up to 72 hours post-event completion after further discussion with race officials. All decisions by the Race Director and/or Kartplex Management are final and not open to appeal.

 

It is always our goal to have clean, safe and fair racing, and we are more than happy to listen to any questions, concerns or complaints. Actions such as shouting and becoming physically aggressive while addressing a race official or anyone in attendance, however, are not appropriate. Verbal or physical altercations with race officials, drivers or anyone in attendance at an event may result in expulsion from the race, removal from the facility, suspension from the track or other penalties.

 

Race officials and competitors are the only personnel allowed in the Tech building. Crew members and race attendees are not allowed to enter the Tech building at any time without permission from race officials. Crew members and race attendees are not permitted to approach or interact with a kart/driver until after that driver has gone across the Tech scales. This includes a prohibition on passing any items to or from a driver prior to weighing. No adjustments should be made to a kart until after karts are released from impound.

 

As we frequently remind drivers and race attendees, race officials are the only personnel allowed to approach the Main Flagstand/Timing and Scoring. If you have a question, concern or complaint, please address it to either the cashier or the grid marshal, who will radio the appropriate person and should provide either an answer or an indication of when and where someone will be available to address your matter. While it is unlikely that a penalty will be levied for approaching the Main Flagstand/Timing and Scoring, it is important that race officials are able to focus on what’s happening on track, particularly the scorer and finish line flag person.

IGNITE SERIES RULEBOOK

Anything not covered above is subject to the Ignite Series Rulebook. As a general rule, unless the rules state that you can, you can’t.